Hurricane Ophelia to hit United Kingdom on anniversary of 1987 Great Storm

Grab the wellies: Hurricane Ophelia is due to hit Ireland on Monday

Ophelia is now the tenth consecutive hurricane of the 2017 Atlantic tropical season.

A hurricane brewing over the Atlantic threatens to bring strong winds on Monday - and a mini-heatwave.

"Western parts of the United Kingdom will see the strongest winds, with gusts within the region of 60-65mph potentially on Monday". Forecasters say slight strengthening is possible over the next couple of days. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles.

The Category 1 storm now poses no threat to land, forecasters said, and no watches or warnings have been issued.

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The storm caused damage estimated at £1billion and claimed 18 lives.

"But then it will continue its way towards the British Isles, probably reaching us very early next week".

A Weather Channel report says Florida is the most likely state to see a hurricane make landfall during this part of the hurricane season. This should take the system just south and east of the Azores.

The Met Office predicts some parts of the eastern areas could see highs of 23C on Sunday, with the possibility of even warmer temperatures on Monday.

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